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The Appeal to Force – The Consequences of Relativism

September 2, 2009

Thrasymachus: justice is nothing else than the interests of the stronger…

…There is no question of proving or disproving; the only question is whether you like the kind of State that Plato desires. If you do, it is good for you; if you do not, it is bad for you. If many do and many do not, the decision cannot be made by reason, but only by force, actual or concealed.

Plato’s Republic, Book 1

Without belief in objective justice, all that is left is power. Ironically it is postmodern theory, which shouts out that truth claims are power claims, that opens the door to a covert or overt dictatorship.

If relativism is so, then there is not reason to attempt to persuade othersĀ of the truth. The voters, those with power and influence,a re there to be manipulated.